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Choose denies bail for former Harmony Excessive Faculty instructor accused of intercourse crimes towards a minor

A former Concord High School teacher on charges of sex crimes stayed behind bars Tuesday after a judge refused to give him bail. Concord’s superintendent urged the state to fill loopholes in the hiring process to promote transparency. The judge denied Joshua Harwood’s bail, saying he had no confidence that the public would be safe should the former Concord High School teacher be released. During an evidence hearing, investigators alleged that Harwood committed sexual acts with a minor in person and online between January 2019 and December 2020. During an earlier hearing, prosecutors said Harwood was fired from Southern New Hampshire University on charges of sexual misconduct in 2019. Letter to Parents, Interim Superintendent Kathleen Murphy attempted to instill confidence in the district’s hiring and screening practices: “In In our district, we need at least three written references and three telephone references, ”Murphy said. According to Murphy, Harwood’s background check did not reveal why he was fired from the SNHU. She argued that private entities should be required to share these red flags, especially if a candidate could gain access to minors. “How do we ensure that post-secondary institutions provide us with this type of information when we hire teachers? Murphy said. “I suspect there are some loopholes there.”

A former Concord High School teacher on charges of sex crimes stayed behind bars Tuesday after a judge refused to give him bail. Concord’s superintendent urged the state to fill loopholes in the hiring process to promote transparency.

The judge denied Joshua Harwood’s bail, saying he had no confidence that the public would be safe should the former Concord High School teacher be released. During an evidence hearing, investigators alleged that Harwood engaged in sexual acts with a minor in person and online between January 2019 and December 2020.

During an earlier hearing, prosecutors said Harwood was fired from Southern New Hampshire University in 2019 on charges of sexual misconduct.

In a letter to the parents, interim superintendent Kathleen Murphy sought to instill confidence in the district’s hiring and screening practices.

“In our district, we need a minimum of three written references and three telephone references,” said Murphy.

According to Murphy, Harwood’s background check didn’t reveal why he was fired from the SNHU. She argued that private institutions should be required to share these red flags, especially if a candidate could gain access to minors.

“How do we make sure the post-secondary institutions provide us with this type of information when we hire teachers,” Murphy said. “I suspect there are some loopholes there.”

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